Stay­ing in fo­cus

Rod Ch­ester and Alex Kid­man turn their fo­cus to the lat­est in cam­eras

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AL­PHA 6000


$ 1199, sony. com. au

THIS smaller sib­ling of Sony’s Al­pha 7 full- frame cam­era has a 24.3- megapixel sen­sor, NFC and wi- fi con­nec­tiv­ity. It can shoot 11 frames a sec­ond and has an aut­o­fo­cus that is said to be as fast as 0.06 sec­onds with 179 AF de­tec­tion points. The sim­ple de­sign is ap­peal­ing, with two thumb di­als on top and cus­tomis­able but­tons. We like that it has a view finder, tiltable screen and can be up­dated with apps.

OM- D E- M10 WITH 14- 42MM EZ LENS


$ 999, olym­pus. com. au

OLYM­PUS has ex­tended its OM- D range of com­pact sys­tem cam­eras with the E- M10, which has clas­sic styling and log­i­cal lay­out with the ad­di­tion of a built- in fl ash. We like the 16- megapixel sen­sor, elec­tronic viewfinder, built- in wi- fi , tilt­ing 3- inch touch­screen and fast aut­o­fo­cus. And we loved the com­pact­ness of the pancake- like kit lens. It is a 14- 42mm pancake that has a 35mm equiv­a­lent range of 28- 84mm. It’s half the price of the top OM- D, but there’s no weath­er­proof­ing.

X- T1

Fu­jifi lm $ 1645, fu­jifi lm. com. au

FU­JI­FILM’S lat­est in­ter­change­able lens cam­era sells it­self on its man­ual shoot­ing abil­ity, be­cause its lay­out is tai­lored heav­ily to­wards the pro crowd. It fea­tures ded­i­cated shut­ter speed, ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion and ISO sen­si­tiv­ity di­als on the top, along with six cus­tomis­able fea­ture but­tons. It’s wi- fi ready for re­mote shoot­ing and shar­ing from iOS/ An­droid apps. The elec­tronic view finder is a rev­e­la­tion. With a 2.36 mil­lion- dot OLED with wide view­ing an­gles, it makes fram­ing shots a joy, es­pe­cially in its split view.



$ 399.95, canon. com. au

AN­OTHER op­tion in the “must travel, need new cam­era” cat­e­gory, the Pow­erShot SX700 HS of­fers a 30x zoom that equals 25- 750mm in 35mm terms and is al­most iden­ti­cal in di­men­sions to the Pana­sonic Lumix DMC- TZ60. The Canon is slightly be­hind on im­age size, al­though a 16.1- megapixel sen­sor is noth­ing to sneeze at. Also, it does not have built- in GPS, so if you want lo­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion on your photo, you need to link it to your smart­phone. A dial on the back gives you the stan­dard PASM and scene op­tions. We like the mo­bile de­vice con­nect but­ton to make link­ing the cam­era to your phone more in­tu­itive. An­other handy fea­ture is Canon’s cre­ative shot mode, let­ting you save fi ve ver­sions of each shot.

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